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Executive Summary:

This Planning Manager position is responsible for all demand forecasting, inventory planning, and SIOP activities associated with assigned business units/divisions, customers and products. The role require extensive partnering with various internal and external teams to develop and implement a robust replenishment process as well as advise & influence the SIOP process.

The manager ensures the team creates and maintains forecast models for customers and/or products, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, and other sources, which the team will then plan inventory based on these forecasts.

Job Functions:

  • Coach, motivate and develop the Supply Chain Planning team to successfully deliver department objectives.
  • Own the SIOP process to create an integrated plan that delivers financial results.
  • Develop/implement inventory strategies to achieve service level goals and optimal inventory levels; monitor the performance of inventory policies.
  • Deliver optimized finished goods inventory levels balancing service, cost, and obsolete inventory.
  • Optimize capacity plans and production schedules ensuring processes are in place to identify potential gaps.
  • Identify and implement supply chain improvement projects to deliver continuous improvement for the entire function.
  • Recommend improvements to optimize supply chain performance utilizing tradeoff analysis and scenario planning.
  • Actively participate in the process to create brand and category strategies then lead the execution of these initiatives functionally for successful implementation.
  • Ensure critical KPIs are tracked and met.
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing, factories, customer service and logistics to proactively identify and resolve key customer service issues.
  • Lead the development and execution of the demand forecast based planning process, which consists of
    • Creating 12 to 18 month rolling statistical based demand forecasts
    • Reviewing the forecasts with sales and marketing to confirm or modify the forecasts (overrides)
    • Leading the cross-functional team to agree on a consensus demand plan
    • Creating a supply planning based on the consensus demand plan
    • Review previous period’s forecasts and inventory vs. actual and AOP, and formulate gap recover actions if needed.
    • Driving and leading a monthly SIOP process and review with the executive team
  • Provide analytics to continuously improve the forecast and drive accountability.
  • Create supply planning strategies and ensure execution at the facilities.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Commercial leaders to provide Pareto analysis on opportunities to improve schedule achievement and consistency.
  • Minimize obsolescence by identifying slow moving inventory and proactively working with cross functional teams to create plans to stimulate sales
  • Oversee all planning related business processes and ensure optimal use of the ERP system

Required Education / Experience / Specific Job-related Skills

Years of Experience:

3-5 years of experience in a similar role


BA/BS college degree or its equivalent. MBA preferred.


APICS / IBF or other forecasting Certification preferred


  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, forecasting and forecasting methods with an understanding of their financial and operational impacts.
  • Knowledge of Demand Planning tools (SAP APO, Oracle, Manugistics or other software) related to demand management is preferred.
  • Experienced with other software packages including Windows, and Microsoft Office.
  • This position requires strong analytical, organizational, decision making, and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are also essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the forecast process.
  • Must have
    • The ability to influence at all levels of the organization
    • The ability to see bigger picture and envision step-change scenarios
    • A collaborative approach
    • Excellent interpersonal, time management, decision-making and conflict management skills
    • High ethical standards to support a professional business code of conduct
  • Passion for driving business improvement and leading change in a large, complex, global environment
  • Strong coaching and facilitation skills
  • Business level English written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally; limited
  • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes and financial business methods
  • Detailed knowledge of quality theory and lean tools and methodologies

An advocate for standard work, written procedures, and streamlining workflow and processes

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